R. M. Bucke dedicates this book to his friend, American poet Walt Whitman, for his "exalted moral nature." Bucke divides man's moral nature into three parts: 1) active nature, by which he acts, 2) intellectual nature, by which he knows, and 3) moral nature proper, by which he feels. Moral nature, Bucke believes, has a physiological basis in the sympathetic nervous system (pictured opposite p. 48) and intellectual nature in the cerebral spinal system (pictured opposite p. 60). He concluds that an evolution in man's moral nature reflects a development of his sympathetic nervous system. The signature of F. E. Perrin at front may be that of London, Ontario resident Finley Ewart Perrin.
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons; Willing & Williamson
Edition: First Edition
Date Published: 1879
Place Published: New York; Toronto
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: xiii, 200 p. 21 cm. 3 b&w plates with tissue guards. Brown cloth hardcover with blank impressing. Some soiling to boards, bumped corners, softened spine ends, small scuff on lower spine. Front free endpaper missing. Signature on a preliminary page.